Published on October 27th, 2013 | by Brittney French3
Cloth 201: Do I have hard water?
Do you have hard water? Do you know what it is, or how it affects cloth diapers? If not, this post is for you!
Hard water is H2O with high mineral content. It is a very common problem, affecting more than 85 percent of the country, and varies region-to-region, depending on the minerals in your area and your water source.
Now, when water has an increased amount of minerals, you may experience issues with your laundry and cloth diapers are not exempt. Hard water reduces foaming and cleaning abilities of soaps and detergents and your cloth diapers may not get clean enough with regular washing. Hard water may leave your cloth diapers odorous, leaky or looking dingy and yellow as a result of soapy residues that require extra rinsing to remove. It can also determine how much soap or detergent you need to use to get your dishes, hair and laundry clean.
You're probably paranoid about having hard water and want to know if it's affecting your cloth diapers and there are a few different ways to check! Hard water maps will tell you if the H2O in your area is high in minerals. You can also call your local water utility company or visit its website to be sure.
If you find that you do in fact have hard water, you can combat it, especially if you are having issues with getting your cloth diapers clean.
First strip your diapers. Next, try using a little more than the recommended amount of detergent in each load to make sure your cloth diapers are getting clean enough. Adding Calgon water softener to your cloth diaper loads (and other laundry) may help your detergent work more effectively.
If you don't have hard water, but are still experiencing leaks or odor issues, your cloth diapers may have built up detergent residue. In this case, you will also want to strip your diapers and begin using slightly less than the recommended amount of detergent in each wash cycle. This will help prevent detergent buildup in the future. Soft water may also mean you need to add an extra rinse to your laundry routine to make sure all the detergent is out.
For additional questions about washing your cloth diapers, give us a call at 1-888-332-2243.